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Work in progress

Work in progress “Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16). I got up early one recent Sunday morning and went to the 6 a.m. Mass at St. Benedict Cathedral in Evansville. I knew that ongoing renovation work had transformed the sanctua...
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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Ordinary Time is anything but ordinary

Ordinary Time is anything but ordinary This column is all about that headline – Ordinary Time is anything but ordinary. During the liturgical year, we spend more weeks in Ordinary Time than in Advent, Christmas, Lent or Easter. OK; so, what actually is Ordinary Time? From here, it is our time of action. Consider this slightly long...
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Thursday, February 14, 2019

What's your EDC?

What's your EDC? It occurs to me that we have another amazing opportunity to evangelize using social media, where hashtags rule; or, put another way, #hashtagsrule. Humor me. If you’re on Instagram, open the app and search for the hashtag #edc. You should find more than 8.6 million posts that include it. EDC...
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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Contemplating desires and expectations

Contemplating desires and expectations Earlier this month, the website www.uCatholic.com published the full text of a homily that Father Edwin C. Dwyer delivered during a Mass at Our Lady of Peace Parish in the Diocese of Saginaw, Mich. As he began, Father Dwyer offered the following definition of hope, which he credited to a “phi...
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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Can we do better than Giving Tuesday?

Can we do better than Giving Tuesday? Can we do better than “Giving Tuesday,” which we “celebrated” this year on Nov. 27? I believe we can. In my opinion, giving should not be the focus of only one day a year.  From here, “Giving Tuesday” makes it too easy for us to forget the other 364 days. If...
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Thursday, December 06, 2018

Getting to know St. Andrew

Getting to know St. Andrew This issue of The Message is published on Nov. 30 – the Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle. How much do you know about him? Columnist Zoe Cannon included him in her Nov. 23 column; here is more about him and his life. He was a fisherman – Simon Peter’s younger brother. Together, they...
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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

'He was a Samaritan'

'He was a Samaritan' “And one of them, realizing he had been healed, returned, glorifying God in a loud voice; and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. He was a Samaritan” (Luke 17: 15-16). Thanksgiving is next Thursday, and the Gospel reading for the Thanksgiving Mass is from Luke. A portion...
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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Remembering Uncle Pat

Remembering Uncle Pat I’m thinking about my late Uncle Pat as I write this. He comes to mind every year about this time because Veterans Day is Nov. 11. Uncle Pat, one of Dad’s brothers, clearly had his guardian angel along during the Battle of the Bulge in WWII. I don’t know whether it happened in Bel...
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Thursday, November 08, 2018

Visiting holy ground to pray and remember

Visiting holy ground to pray and remember This edition of The Message is dated Nov. 2 – All Souls Day. The Catholic Encyclopedia offers a wonderful, albeit brief definition: “The commemoration of all the faithful departed….” Last Sunday (Oct. 28), Father Gene Schroeder celebrated Mass for All Souls in the Mausoleum...
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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Are you living your vocation?

Are you living your vocation? During the annual gathering of St. Meinrad alumni and friends, held Oct. 11 at The Bauerhaus in Darmstadt, Benedictine Brother Simon Hermann offered a definition of vocation I hadn’t heard before: “Our deepest desire meeting the world’s greatest need.” Whoa. “That is a...
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Wednesday, October 24, 2018